Swagman XTC Cross-Country 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack Review
Bike Racks Reviews now considers the Swagman XTC Cross-Country 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack. This hitch mount rack is intended to carry two bikes and attaches using a secure hitch device to either a 1.25-inch or 2-Inch hitch receiver. Due to its versatile wheel platform design, you don’t need to remove your bikes front tire to load a bike onto the Swagman XTC like is often required with other styles of bike racks.
Swagman XTC Cross-Country 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack Features
- Hauls two bikes (20 to 29-inch wheels)
- Fits 1.25-inch and 2-Inch receivers
- Push button ratcheting arms for easy adjustments
- Soft frame coated grip arms
- Foldable center arm for easy rear vehicle access
- Limited lifetime warranty
Installing the Swagman XTC to your vehicle is pretty straightforward and takes only about 15-20 minutes. The rack is compatible with both 1.25-inch and 2-inch receivers using the supplied hitch adapter, which is already pre-attached for your convenience. An anti-wobble hitch pin device is used to prevent the rack from wobbling. This device is very effective if the rack is attached to a 1.2-inch receiver, but some users have experienced the rack wiggling slightly when it’s attached to a 2-inch hitch receiver.
The overall construction of this rack is excellent with a solid frame, good welding and thick rubber straps to secure bikes. The grip arms which hold your bike in place have a soft frame coating which prevents any scratches to your bikes paint work.
Easy to use
Loading your bikes onto the carrier is very easy. You simply place your bike into the wheel loops after adjusting it to the correct length, then lift up the vertical bar and clamp it onto your bikes top frame then finally secure the wheel loop straps around the wheels. This process takes no longer than a couple of minutes per bike once you’re familiar with it.
Foldable Center Arm
The foldable center arm provides you easy and convenient access to the back of your vehicle in a matter of seconds, whilst the rack is still attached.
The Swagman XTC isn’t lockable out of the box, so if you want to keep your bikes fully secure you need to purchase a locking hitch pin and 10-mm security cable which is available separately. You will also need a 7/8-inch adjustable crescent wrench to secure it.
Swagman XTC Cross-Country 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack Pros and Cons
The Swagman XTC Cross-Country 2-Bike Rack can accommodate bikes with varying frame sizes and attaches to different receivers due to its excellent flexible design. It also provides a good amount of clearance from your vehicle.
Loading and unloading bikes to and from the carrier is a cinch due to its well designed platform which is made for easy adjustments.
The grip arms can accommodate a lock as a security measure.
Stable and secure with little sway during transport due to its threaded hitch pin.
To fit the rack to a 1.25-inch receiver you need to remove a bolt from the 2-inch receiver adapter. This task requires a 6mm hex wrench, but the included wrench is 8mm so you need to ensure you have a suitable wrench for this.
Final Thoughts on the Swagman XTC Cross-Country 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack
The Swagman XTC Cross-Country 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack has won a lot of plaudits because it provides a simple yet highly effective way of transporting two bikes at the rear of your vehicle and does so at a reasonable cost. The quick installation and easy bike loading, make it particularly great if convenience is important to you plus its versatility is advantageous if you own bikes of all sizes.
Swagman XTC Cross-Country 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack as reviewed by Bike Racks Reviews